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Today in the SCV: Saturday Sept. 8, 2012

Posted: September 8, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: September 8, 2012 2:00 a.m.
 

‘Journey Through Latin America’

What: A concert celebrating Latin American culture with the talents of Joao Junqueira and his group Vento Sur, as well as special international guests. Tickets cost $5-15. Proceeds benefit the Santa Clarita Sister Cities program.

When: 7 p.m.

Where: Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia 91355

Contact: 661-255-4317,
www.scvipsantaclarita.org

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Today in history

Today is Saturday, Sept. 8, the 252nd day of 2012. There are 114 days left in the year.

On this date in the SCV: In 1992, 35-year-old Zackary Huntley was arrested by police in Canyon Country following a six-hour standoff. The ordeal began when Huntley fled the scene of a robbery in Palmdale with a stolen car. Santa Clarita Valley sheriff’s deputies noticed his car as he made his way down the 14 freeway and began the frantic chase at Sand Canyon Road.

Today’s Highlight in History: On Sept. 8, 1892, an early version of “The Pledge of Allegiance,” written by Francis Bellamy, appeared in “The Youth’s Companion.”

Ten years ago: The government reported that violent crime rate had dropped by 10 percent the previous year, reaching lowest level since 1973. Pete Sampras beat Andre Agassi 6-3, 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 to win his 14th Grand Slam title and the U.S. Open for the fifth time.

Five years ago: Sheriff’s deputies in Logan County, W.Va., removed Megan Williams, a 20-year-old black woman, from a house in Big Creek, where she’d endured what authorities described as days of torture. (Seven white men and women pleaded guilty in the case, but in a strange twist, Williams recanted her accusations in 2009; however, one of the defendants said, “It did happen.”) Top-ranked Justine Henin overwhelmed Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-1, 6-3 to win her second U.S. Open women’s title and seventh Grand Slam championship.

One year ago: Addressing a joint session of Congress, President Barack Obama challenged a reluctant Congress to urgently pass a larger-than-expected $450 billion jobs plan to “jolt an economy that has stalled.” Ten oil workers were forced to abandon a crippled 94-foot research vessel in the Gulf of Mexico and pile into a life raft during Tropical Storm Nate; by the time rescuers arrived three days after, three of the men had died, and a fourth died later at a hospital.

 

Birthdays

Comedian Sid Caesar is 90. Ventriloquist Willie Tyler is 72. Actor Alan Feinstein is 71. Pop singer Sal Valentino (The Beau Brummels) is 70. Author Ann Beattie is 65. Cajun singer Zachary Richard is 62. Musician Will Lee (“Late Show with David Letterman”) is 60. Actress Heather Thomas is 55. Singer Aimee Mann is 52. Pop musician David Steele (Fine Young Cannibals) is 52. Actor Thomas Kretschmann is 50. Rhythm-and-blues singer Marc Gordon (Levert) is 48. Gospel singer Darlene Zschech is 47. Alternative country singer Neko Case is 42. TV personality Brooke Burke-Charvet is 41. Actor Martin Freeman is 41. Actor Henry Thomas is 41. Actor David Arquette is 41. Rock musician Richard Hughes (Keane) is 37. Actor Larenz Tate is 37. Actor Nathan Corddry is 35.

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